President Barack Obama reasserted America’s leadership in the Middle East after years of retreat from the region, calling on the world to join U.S. forces in the war against the “evil” self-styled Islamic State and other extremist groups.

Reason to heed his call came mere hours later, when news of yet another beheading of a Westerner at the hands of radical Muslims, this time in Algeria, surfaced.

Addressing the 193-member U.N. General Assembly just two days after broadening an air campaign against the Islamic State to include Syria, Obama implored world leaders to confront the barbaric movement that has horrified the world with its mass murders of Iraqi soldiers, beheadings, and attacks on Shiite Muslims, Christians, and religious minorities. [Read more] – Michael’s Blog